Facebook’s internet thrust project, internet.org, will debut in Nigeria this May.

Internet.org which is already available in Ghana, Zambia, Kenya and Tanzania, is primed to roll out in Nigeria, according to the company’s Head of Public Policy in Africa, Ebele Okobi.

Okobi revealed this yesterday during a panel session at the Mobile West Africa 2015 currently underway in Lagos.

An earlier Memeburn report quoting Okobi mentions that the service which had so far operated in partnership with one telco might be launched on more than one telecoms network in Nigeria.

The internet.org project launched in 2013 and provides previously disconnected users in developing countries zero-rated access to select gated web content.

The internet.org service is currently driving intense net neutrality debate in India with local tech influencers saying the service is a Facebook’s proxy targetting India’s poor. Such conversations are currently muted in Nigeria and other African countries, it’s possible the continuous spread of internet.org and pieces such as this will get the conversation started.

Gbenga Onalaja Author

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